The Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris is relocating from the Montparnasse district to a larger space in the Marais, and has appointed François Hébel as its new managing director. The appointment of Hébel follows director Agnès Sire’s decision to focus more on the organization’s artistic direction and exhibition program.
Hébel, who will join the foundation later this month, has served as the director of Magnum Photos in Paris, the head of Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival and director of Foto/Industria, the Italian photography fair in Bologna.
The foundation’s new location on rue des Archives, not far from the Centre Pompidou and the Musée National Picasso, is due to open next October. The nearly 3,000-sq. ft. building is a converted garage and has more floor space than the institution’s previous location, allowing for a larger research area and double the number of annual exhibitions, from three to six.
In addition to hosting exhibitions of photographer Cartier-Bresson's own work, the foundation will also present pieces by contemporary photographers. The first show at the Marais location will focus on Martine Franck, the Belgian documentary photographer who cofounded the foundation and was Henri's wife. Franck passed away in 2012.